Sunday, October 28, 2012
His point in Romans 4 is to show that faith came before circumcision so that all who are uncircumcised, all who are lawless, all who walk in the steps of Abraham can come to Elohim and be rendered innocent. Paul was making a point that it was not being circumcised that resulted in our righteousness, but our faith that gains us righteousness. The action word is faith not circumcision.
Why does this matter? Well, I believe that this argument is what Paul continues to expound on, in all of his letters. This argument that we are rendered innocent FIRST by faith, is not what the religious Jews had come teach. In order to be justified before Elohim, the Jewish authorities, believed that you must behold and do ALL their teachings, which included the oral Torah, which, when you agreed to and did, then you would be counted as righteous. That got you in to the club so to speak. One of the signs that a Gentile had to perform before joining the club, for lack of a better phrase, was to be circumcised. That physical act of circumcision, proved to the ruling authorities at that time that the converting person, was really willing to forsake their former lives and circumcising oneselve proved it. The body was held in high standard by those in the surrounding cultures and marring it with a knife was considered disgusting. To those who wanted to join to the Jewish nation, circumcision was a confirming sign that one was committed and sure of their conversion. Circumcision and all that that meant, became the door, to righteousness, not FAITH.
Paul corrects this cart before the horse, specifically here in Romans, by referring to Abraham's faith. Because we have faith in the same Elohim, because we have faith in the same promised SEED, because we have faith in him who raised from the dead Yeshua our Adonai, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification, WE ARE JUSTIFIED or RENDERED INNOCENT.
Abraham's faith saved him and our faith saves us. He was saved many years before Yeshuah came and we are save many years after Yeshuah came, BUT our faith is the same.
Finally, does his argument, conclude that because of this FAITH, the Torah/Law is no longer to be engaged, no longer to be practiced, no longer to be followed? NO abolutely NOT! His argument addressed the how our justification occured. It did not address whether or not we should practice the Torah, or whether or not we just keep the moral laws, it addressed FAITH.
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Saturday, February 18, 2012
I am blessed to have my sister join our family on this sometimes lonely walk. We have been the only ones in my immediate family for about 9 years now, until this past year. My sister and her husband have joined with our family to spend the evening welcoming Shabbat together. It was wonderful last evening to share in this appointed feast with family. It is an appointed feast of YHVH's. It is wonderful to start this feast with family and great food. Thank you Father for this blessing. I am very thankful for this gift of fellowship with my sister. You are a great King!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed.
The die has been cast. The decision has been made.
I have stepped over the line. I won’t look back,
Let up, slow down, back away or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense and my future is secure.
I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colourless dreams, tame visions,
Mundane talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need position, promotions, applauds, or popularity.
I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised,
Regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on YHVH’s presence,
Love with patience, live by prayer, and labor with power.
My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is YHVH,
My road is narrow, my way may be rough, my joy is secure,
My companions may be few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away,
Turned back, deluded, or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity,
Negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity,
Or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won’t give up, shut up, let up until
I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up,
Paid up and spoken up for the cause of Messiah.
I am a disciple of Yeshua Ha Mashiach.
I must go till He comes, give all I can,
Preach till all know, and work till He stops me.
And when He comes for His own, He will know me
My banner is clear: I AM A PART OF THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE UNASHAMED. AMEIN!